Kartemquin Films has named award-winning filmmaker, curator and programmer Amir George its artistic director to lead the artistic vision of the organization and to work collaboratively in strategic planning, advocacy and organizational decision making. He becomes the second artistic director in Kartemquin’s storied history and the first person of color to hold one of two top leadership positions at the organization. George will also serve as executive producer on all of Kartemquin’s documentaries.
“I’m absolutely thrilled and humbled at the honor of becoming Artistic Director of Kartemquin Films,” George declared. “I’m excited to collaborate with a brilliant team and to carry on Kartemquin’s long standing legacy of making insightful and thought provoking documentaries. I look forward to Kartemquin making a larger impact in the community, creating opportunities for new voices and expanding on the possibilities of what documentaries can be.”
George was selected after an extensive search that considered a deep pool of applicants. He will replace Gordon Quinn, the current and founding Artistic Director, who moves into a new part-time role as senior advisor.
“With his cross-disciplinary background and generous spirit of collaboration, Amir is the right person to take the creative leadership mantle at Kartemquin as we strive to fulfill our evolving mission,” Quinn said. “He has a strong history and deep roots in the Midwest and new approaches to storytelling that will propel the organization into the future.”
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